Last week, Gov. Janet Mills (D) of Maine signed into law one of the strictest privacy bills. The Act to Protect the Privacy of Online Consumer Information bans internet service providers from selling consumer data without their consent.
Internet service providers (ISPs) cannot refuse service to a customer or penalizing those who wish to keep their personal data private. The new law goes into effect July 1, 2019.
Maine’s law comes a year after California passed similar legislation that also applies to tech companies like Amazon and Google, as well as social media giants like Facebook. Maine’s law is considered stronger than California’s because it requires explicitly stated consent.
Gov. Mills’ position on the new law and how it aims to protect the people of Maine is very thoughtful and direct. “Maine people value their privacy, online and off,” she communicated in a statement to The Hill.
“The internet is a powerful tool, and as it becomes increasingly intertwined with our lives, it is appropriate to take steps to protect the personal information and privacy of Maine people. With this common-sense law, Maine people can access the internet with the knowledge and comfort that their personal information cannot be bought or sold by their ISPs without their express approval.”
The bill was passed unanimously by the Maine Senate Thursday and had bipartisan support.
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